A Global Malas Yoga for Peace event was held Sept. 30 at Gila Community College.
Photo by Andy Towle.
Yoga enthusiasts gathered at Gila Community College recently to celebrate National Yoga Month, along with people in hundreds of communities nationwide.
The Global Malas Yoga for Peace event was led by Brenda Slapnicka locally in support of International Peace Day. The purpose of the Global Mala Yoga for Peace was to unite the global yoga community from every continent, school or approach to form a “Mala around the earth” through collective practices. Each center offered their form of a Yoga Mala according to their yoga tradition and inspiration. Global Mala celebrations were held in many cities around the world. Proceeds from this benefit are being used toward a local charity scholarship fund.
The inaugural Time for Yoga Global Community Practice in Payson started 7 p.m. Sept. 30. A one-hour yoga practice was followed by a guided relaxation and ended with a 15-minute meditation for universal peace and well-being.
During National Yoga Month, millions came together for free events and activities across the U.S. at events designed to educate people about the mind and body benefits of yoga practice.
The benefits of yoga include stress management, increased flexibility, relaxation, stronger muscles and connective tissue, among many others.
“We are all looking for ways to take an active role in managing our health. There are readily available solutions that don’t necessarily require insurance or even a doctor,” says Slapnicka. “Preventative wellness can be accessed by simply unrolling a yoga mat!”